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Designers say it is all right to skip trends such as the short top.

OK to skip skimpy fashions

– Is it ever OK to – gasp! – step away from a trend? Absolutely, say some of the stylists, editors and designers gathered for New York Fashion Week.

After all, not everybody can or wants to pull on skimpy bra and cropped tops, a couple of styles popping up with some frequency this week.

So who can skip a trend? Brad Goreski of Bravo’s “It’s a Brad, Brad World,” said anybody can, if they know themselves well enough.

“Know your personal style. It all comes down to this,” he said. “You want to challenge yourself to try different things.” That, he said, means risking those “fashion fails,” which is just fine, Goreski said.

Avril Graham of Harper’s Bazaar said the prevalence of cutouts and bare midriffs on the runways certainly requires “a will, a swagger, some confidence.” But she added:

“The wonderful thing is that there are plenty of other ideas on the runway that can work for the rest of the population.”

And tricks if you can’t step away from trends, Goreski said. For example, he suggested, wear a high-waist skirt or jeans with a cropped shirt for just a sliver of skin.

Adam Glassman, creative director of O The Oprah magazine, said knowing when to let a trend go is key.

“I don’t think we all have to wear every trend. Some do wear the trends – especially young people – but you don’t have to. You have to be able to say, ‘That’s not for me.’ You have to be honest to yourself, honest to your lifestyle, honest to your body type. And it helps if you have honest friends,” he said.

A sporty vibe during this round of spring previews is back – and more forgiving than short tops.

“It comes around every few years but it looks good, and there’s a way for a lot of people to wear it,” Glassman said of sport-influenced fashion.

And Graham said even the young and trendy should be careful when it comes to showing off skin: “Camera angles can be very unforgiving.”